Core Director Gina Levi, R.N., welcomes blood donor Rachel M. to the clinic on a crisp winter day. They sit down in a screening room to go over the clinical research requirements and Rachel’s health history. Rachel is healthy, but her family history of Parkinson’s disease means her blood may hold clues to the origins of the disease—and possible treatments. Levi understands Rachel’s urge to help.
Blood has many ingredients, and most LJI scientists aren’t interested in the red stuff. Immunologists here focus on white blood cells, also called leukocytes, which include T cells, B cells, macrophages, and other key immune cells. Find these leukocytes, and you’ll uncover clues to how immune cells do their jobs.With Rachel’s blood donation complete, it’s time to process the blood before it heads to an LJI laboratory.
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